Using the skeletal formula which is also known as line-angle formula, Acetic acid, the active component of vinegar, can be created using paper and wire. It is an excellent way to represent the bonding and structure of a molecule. It can be done in fun colors for those who wish to use it as decoration, or it can be color coded for classroom purposes.

Step 1: Needed Materials and Other Notes

Needed Materials:

  • scrap booking paper, construction paper, or card stock
  • Fiskars squeeze punch in small circle(see other notes for more information)
  • a pencil
  • a ruler
  • 24 ga. wire
  • wire cutters
  • barrel nose or needle nose pliers
  • bend nose pliers
  • hot glue

Other Notes:

  • Fiskars squeeze punches can be found on their website. Alternatively, you could simply draw out the shapes and cut them out yourself (which I go into more detail in a later step). If you have a cricket and a cartridge that you can use to cut out the needed shapes, that will work just as well and save you some time. I do not know which cartridge you could find those shapes on.
  • If children are assisting in this project, ensure that they are supervised at all times as wire, pliers, and hot glue can be dangerous. I would suggest that any children that may be helping you are at least 10.
<p>Your title is wrong, you only made a two dimentional acetic acid molecule. All the atoms can't be on the same plan.</p>
<p>Oh, thank you. I orginally had planned to do it differnetly, but I forgot to change the title. </p>
<p>Good instructable anyway !</p>
<p>Thorough documentation, thank you!</p>
<p>No, thank you very much for the taking the time to look through it.</p>

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